Hipster Handbook - Squeak Smalltalk-80

The following notes document the steps to install Squeak on OpenIndiana Hipster, and how to use this implementation of Smalltalk-80.

Squeak consists of a VM (virtual machine) and Smalltalk images. You can find Smalltalk images at files.squeak.org or at cuis-smalltalk.org.

See the Squeak website for more and general information on Squeak, specifically the documentation section. Also see the Squeak Wiki : Squeak Wiki

Classic VM and OpenSmalltalk VM

There are currently three Squeak packages for OpenIndiana : squeak-4, squeak-5 and squeak-5c.

The squeak-4 package corresponds to the classic virtual machine (VM). The squeak-5 packages are OpenSmalltalk based virtual machines, where squeak-5 is the OpenSmalltalk stack VM and squeak-5c is the OpenSmalltalk cog VM.

The following screenshot illustrates squeak-4, version 4.19.3, running on OpenIndiana, playing bachFugue through pulseaudio, and with a classical Smalltalk bouncing atoms animation :

bouncing atoms

Squeak has a Test Runner. The following screenshot illustrates squeak-4 and the results of running a number of tests :

test run atoms

OpenIndiana Prerequisites

Before installing, the OpenIndiana system should have some required packages installed.

To check the required dependencies for Squeak, use the command:

        # pkg contents -r -t depend squeak-4


        # pkg contents -r -t depend squeak-5

This will list a number of dependencies. If those are not met, you should upgrade OpenIndiana before attempting to install Squeak.

You can upgrade OpenIndiana and check the dependencies again:

        # pkg update -v

Squeak is in the OpenIndiana userland-incorporation package since version 0.5.11-2020.0.1.13018.

Use the following command to check the installed consolidation:

        # pkg list userland-incorporation

The installed version should be more recent than 0.5.11-2020.0.1.13018.

Squeak is a graphically oriented system, and it is recommended to install a desktop (graphical) environment, such as the MATE desktop, on OpenIndiana, in order to use Squeak. It is possible to run Squeak without display, or headless, but generally speaking it is a prerequisite to install a desktop to use the Squeak integrated development environment (IDE).

One way to get a MATE desktop (there exist other methods) is to run the OpenIndiana text installer and then install the group package "mate_install" and then enable the Light Display Manager as follows:

        # pkg install -v --accept mate_install
        # svcadm enable graphical-login/lightdm

This enables the "light display manager".

In any case, even if you do a direct desktop installation (without running through the text based installation of OpenIndiana), take care about the ip address and hostname of the system.

Squeak will try to use the ip address that corresponds to the hostname of the system as its ip address.

So multi-homed systems (with multiple network interfaces) may have some strange behavior for TCP/IP networking inside Squeak. This may require some experimentation to see what works.

We've tested Squeak with a text-based installation with fixed IP address and hostname resolving is set up so that the fixed ip address corresponds to the hostname, and there were no other network interfaces on the test server.

Installing squeak-4, the classic VM

On OpenIndiana install squeak-4 as follows:

       # pkg install -v squeak-4

After installation, see the squeak(1) manpage for documentation:

       # man squeak

After installation you can verify the installation as follows:

       # pkg list squeak-4
       # pkg list squeak-4-nodisplay

The squeak-4-nodisplay package is for running squeak with the -nodisplay option, headless, without display. squeak-4 depends on squeak-4-nodisplay.

During installation you may also notice:

       Changed mediators:
         mediator squeak:
         version: None -> 4 (system default)

The OpenIndiana mediator squeak selects which version of Squeak to use: squeak-4 or squeak-5.

There is a utility included to start using Squeak :

       # inisqueak

This is equivalent to downloading the Smalltalk sources and image from the Squeak website:

       # unzip SqueakV46.sources.zip


       # unzip Squeak4.6-15102.zip

You would then launch Squeak as follows (also see the manpage for further details) :

       # squeak Squeak4.6-15102.image

Installing squeak-5, the OpenSmalltalk VM

It is possible to simultaneously install squeak-4 and squeak-5 as follows:

         # pkg install -v squeak-5

At the end of installation the hardlink squeak will point to the squeak-5 binary. You will notice that the mediator changed to squeak-5.

        # pkg mediator squeak

The system-administrator can override the OpenIndiana choice by using the pkg set-mediator or pkg unset-mediator commands.

After installation of squeak-5, it is possible again to use inisqueak :

        # inisqueak

This is equivalent to downloading sources and Smalltalk images from the Squeak website :

         # unzip SqueakV50.sources.zip


         # unzip Squeak5.3-19431-64bit.zip

You would then launch squeak as follows:

         # squeak Squeak5.3-19431-64bit.image

Squeak V5 can also run Cuis images. See the Cuis website for more details. Given the CuisV5.sources and Cuis5.0-4112.image :

         # squeak Cuis5.0-4112.image

Because both packages can be installed simultaneously it is possible to run side-by-side Squeak 4.6 and Squeak 5.3, Cuis Smalltalk or Squeak 6.0 alpha images.

For most recent Squeak images it will be required to install squeak-5.

There is an additional package squeak-5c which is the Cog implementation of Squeak. This is a faster implementation of the Squeak virtual machine.

It can be installed as follows:

         # pkg install -v squeak-5c

During installation of the cog implementation, the mediator will be changed as follows:

         Changed mediators:
         mediator squeak:
           version: None -> 5 (system default)
           implementation: None -> cog-spur (system default)

The squeak-5 and squeak-5c packages can be installed at the same time, and the system administrator can choose the implementation with the pkg unset-mediator and set-mediator commands.

Modifying the policy.conf file for Squeak-5

The following notes do not apply to squeak-4, they only apply to OpenSmalltalk.

The OpenSmalltalk VM squeak-5 or squeak-5c will print the following error:

        # pthread_setschedparam failed: Not owner

This is due to a lack of "proc_priocntl" privilege.

        # ppriv -v -l proc_priocntl

This privilege allows a process to elevate its priority above its current level. It allows a process to change its scheduling class to any scheduling class, including the RT class.

You can change the following in the /etc/security/policy.conf:

        # cp /etc/security/policy.conf /etc/security/policy.conf.orig





You can run squeak in a zone and do the above in a zone only. If you run squeak-5 in a zone, you may also have to set the privilege limit:

        # zonecfg -z example-zone info | grep limitpriv
        limitpriv: default,proc_priocntl

Updating Squeak

The complete OpenIndiana system can be updated with:

         # pkg update

to update the entire userland-incorporation.

If there is a need to install a different version of squeak, without upgrading the userland-incorporation, you can do :

         # pkg change-facet facet.version-lock.runtime/squeak-5=false


         # pkg change-facet facet.version-lock.runtime/squeak-5-nodisplay=false

This can make it possible to update squeak-5 without updating the userland-incorporation:

         # pkg list userland-incorporation

and then update squeak-5 or any other squeak package separately:

         # pkg update squeak-5

Uninstalling Squeak

To uninstall squeak-4, the command is :

         # pkg uninstall squeak-4 squeak-4-nodisplay

For squeak-5 :

         # pkg uninstall squeak-5 squeak-5-nodisplay

Note that the nodisplay package is not necessarily uninstalled by uninstalling squeak-4 or squeak-5.